Johnthan Banks Gives Himself A “B”

July 26th, 2013

The cool thing to Joe about rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks is his quiet confidence. He’s not cocky; understands he has to raise his game; but hardly shies away from challenges.

Yesterday after Bucs practice at Day One of Training Camp 2013, Banks’ first as an NFLer, the Mississippi State product was asked to grade himself.

“I would give myself a ‘B,'” Banks said.

But why a “B?”

“Nobody is on their A-game yet. That is a work in progress,” Banks said.

Banks knows the Bucs are putting a lot of stock in him to produce right away. This was never more evident when the Bucs tossed aside Adderall (?)-popping, spa-vegging malcontent Eric Wright.

“I have chance to go out there and compete, to start,” Banks said. “I need to work hard and do whatever [Bucs coach Greg Schiano] tells me to do and play my role on this team. I don’t feel any pressure. It’s what I do: play football. I wouldn’t have signed up if I was going to be nervous. I know it is a different level of football. But I think I am good. I just have to play my role on this team, know the playbook and adjust to things and see how it plays out.“

Probably the coolest thing Joe learned from Banks is that fellow corner Darrelle Revis is playing big brother to his teammates in the secondary.

“Revis has been talking to all of us,” Banks said. “If I have a question, he will talk to all of us. He gives all of us advice. Out whole group [of corners] is tight. Revis, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, “MyLew” [Nine Lives Myron Lewis]. All of us help each other. That is one thing I like about our group. We are tight knit.”

6 Responses to “Johnthan Banks Gives Himself A “B””

  1. Ryan Says:

    Let me be the first to say it. This guy will emerge as the next Revis in 4 years or so. The best learn from the best, and Banks has all the tools.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Some people say Johnson reminds them of Ronde. I say it’s Banks that reminds me of Ronde, he has great instincts.

  3. BucDan Says:

    I was happy to see Revis coaching up the other corners while watching the camp breakdown by NFLN yesterday.

  4. Walter Says:

    Revis and Banks as starters with Johnson in the slot, plus Barron and Goldson over the top? I’ll take that as my secondary, yeah there will be some growing pains for Banks, but at least he won’t be lined up against very many beast WR’s (besides Julio or Roddy.)

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Banks is a “Buccaneer Man” already…he has what it takes to succeed at this level and will be tested early and often. If he peforms well…he has a chance to be an instant star.
    MyLew’s ninth life was just used up.

  6. Big Rob Says:

    It’s interesting that Myron Lewis is still there. I wonder if the team is thinking Revis will help him get better.